Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 29

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Directed by: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Nicholas Hope (Bubby), Claire Benito (Mother), Carmel Johnson (Angel), Ralph Cotterill (Pop)
Country: Australia
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:53:47
Genres: Captivity, Incest, Domestic Abuse, Insects, Violence Against Animals

Plot – Spoilers:
A 35 year-old man Bubby has lived in captivity all his life in his mother’s dirty apartment. He believes the outside world is a cauldron of poisonous gases from which he’s being kept safe. His mother fucks him every night and also abuses him for things like not “being still” or wetting himself.

Bubby spends the days tormenting cockroaches and his cat, crawling about like an animal, and looks forward every night to being “Good Bubby” with his mother – a sign and reward from her that the day was obediently well-spent.

A change arrives in their lives when Bubby’s father, a fraud preacher, turns up. This gives Mother something else to turn her attention to, and Bubby finds himself rejected and confused. His life has made him mildly retarded and he hasn’t been allowed to develop a personality or express thoughts. So what he has become good at, is copying other people’s mannerisms and words, which turns out handy when he finally steps out into the world.

18 thoughts on “Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

  • October 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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    I wasn’t sure at first, but I’m glad I continued watching. I really enjoyed this movie. Nicholas Hope as Bubby did a superb job of making me feel like he was truly under develop as a man. The scene with the 2 hot naked girls. Bubby made it clear he like big boobs. 🙂 I also wonder if the director hates cats.

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  • December 22, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    I was eleven years old when i first watched this movie on SBS

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  • January 12, 2020 at 8:14 am
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    This film has moved me to my core. I have seen a lot of films attempting to dissect the gruesome nature of man and society in an all-encompassing singular piece of cinema but I will have to admit Bad Boy Bubby is the one that comes close to accomplishing that. With all its Freudian tropes and banal philosophy, this is a triumph of film language, performance art and scriptwriting. I can’t believe I had not seen it until now.

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  • July 4, 2020 at 10:23 pm
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    Masterpiece, probably the best film on effedup, can’t recommend it enough.

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  • July 9, 2020 at 7:57 am
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    FANTASTIC, Nicholas Hope enters a maze of experiences, becomes a rock singer ‘’makes Jim Morrison style lyrics’’……………. Tits galore, street people in hordes………….. WATCH THIS you will love it’’’’’

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  • July 27, 2020 at 9:22 pm
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    holy s**t! what a pleasent suprise! how have i not heard of this movie!? its got alot going for it. shocking in parts but almost had me in tears by the end! wow a genuinly well crafted movie would never have imagned it from a movie of this type. Highly Recommeded!

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  • August 14, 2020 at 4:22 pm
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    Emma from Spooky Astronauts brought me here. Not disappointed at all. This movie was far better than I expected. Loved everything about it in fact, especially the music. This will be watched again and recommended to friends. Well, some friends. Pop get pizza for cat now.

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  • August 18, 2020 at 9:23 am
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    Very enjoyable movie to watch. Lots of catch phrases to use on friends…hahahha. However there is a side of how true life is in normal life, the discrimination and compassion towards the mentally impaired. Nicholas Hope was great as Buddy….Me love big tits…hahahha

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  • August 21, 2020 at 3:13 am
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    Not sure why, but when Bubby joins the band, his presence kind of reminds me of Nick Cave. Good music too, I agree. I didn’t think I would enjoy this film but it is brilliantly written.

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  • September 20, 2020 at 7:13 am
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    damn cat abuse, I hate that

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  • September 30, 2020 at 3:12 am
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    Difficult to watch at first but the stark contrast between Bubby’s isolated existence And how he becomes a part of the world is heart-warming. Even with the harshness of what he is dealt as a result of his naivety, he manages to attain fulfillment through his honesty and pure spirit.
    Absolute pleasure to experience.

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  • October 12, 2020 at 5:18 pm
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    Un film ciudat.Ciudat de autentic,ciudat de bine facut. Multumesc admin pentru publicarea lui. Ii acord nota 5 din 5.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 12:34 am
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    OMG, what a WONDERFUL movie! I’ve never seen anything like it. Yes, the cat scenes were awful (I’m a cat groomer) but the rest was deep, twisted & thought-provoking. I love this site, than you so much for putting these different movies together! I’m going from A_Z, picking & choosing from reviews here & recommended by other horror fans. Nice reprieve from gore–as much as I love that. Brought here by A Serbian Film.

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  • December 4, 2020 at 12:25 am
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    I thought it was going to be only a fucked up movie, almost gave up watching
    But man, the second half made me stay
    And the ending made me cry

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  • December 19, 2020 at 12:14 am
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    I think this film is a great piece of work!!! wasn’t sure at first, i was always waiting for him to snap and clingwrap again lolll…especially when he held Rachael in his arms…but as it went on, more and more we could see him evolve…for when it comes to mental illness, this is the best, with ”crazy murder”…and for Bubby, a happy ending…not that i was hoping for one, but nicely surprised when it happened…for the performance though, i gotta give it to Mr. Kevin Kenny in ”crazy murder”…it was just amazing!!! But hats down to Mr. Nicholas Hope too!! 🙂

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  • January 8, 2021 at 9:35 am
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    I am from Australia so maybe I am bit biased but I loved this film. It was sad, confronting, at times hilarious and uplifting with some great performances throughout. As far as the cat abuse goes, I am sure no pussies were harmed. Probably plastic or stuffed. Not effed up in a gory way but its still one of the best films on this site. Cheers EUM.

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  • August 3, 2021 at 11:36 am
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    That was excellent. Watched it on a whim. Glad I did. Quite refreshing.

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  • September 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm
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    Wow, what a weird little movie. LOVED IT… Poor guy didn’t know what he was doing, and still made out OK. Thru the whole film, me didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Effedup you did it again

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